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The Road Ahead
IoT: Internet of of Things photo courtesy TechRadar

Traveling the road to what's next almost certainly begins with IOT, the Internet of Things.

A white paper from SevOne directed to IT specialists describes the IOT world as "tens of billions of devices and sensors sending quick bursts of data across our networks at both regular and sporadic intervals." It reports that the worldwide IOT install base will see a compound annual growth rate of 17.5 percent from 2013 to 2020. By then, the address capacity of Internet Protocol Version 6 will vastly surpass the 4.3 billion-address limit almost reached now by the prevailing IPV4. The paper stresses that massive amounts of data are the inevitable result of the IOT. An example offered of how easily piles of data deepen, is a company that implanted wireless Internet-connected sensors in the ears of cattle. These sensors help farmers monitor the cattle's health and prevent the spread of disease from contaminated meat or milk. It's estimated that each cow transmits 200MB of data every year. Multiplied by 1.5 billion cattle worldwide and that's a lot of BS to plow through.

This is where algorithms come in to play, finding patterns and connections in the tsunami of data coming at us daily via the IOT. Hopefully, they keep our cognitive heads above water and our stomachs able to digest what we swallow. And that may be junk food in the case of our news channels, Tom Goodwin fears in his OnlineSpin column, Mindless Media Is The New Fast Food. He writes, "We're rewarding pieces that are most-clickable or most easily digested, and our news diet shifts from good-for-us to snackable. The best journalists go unread and unshared, and long-form content dies."

Others argue the almost immeasurable number of interfaces of all those connected devices will produce new choices, new paradigms and a new world where algorithms do the thinking. To the extent, as Steve Lohr asks in a recent NY Times piece, "If Algorithms Know All, How Much Should Humans Help?" Turns out the answer depends on how existential the question is. The closer it is to a person's life concerns, the more that person feels the need to get involved.

Regardless, these billions of connected devices will go on interacting, learning and evolving with and without human prodding, to the point where Artificial Intelligence will provide something perhaps like Socrates' eudemon sitting on our shoulders. In an interview posted in the NY Times by Quentin Hardy, Yann LeCun, director of artificial intelligence research at Facebook, is quoted: "A.I. is how we will make sense of all of the information that will be out there in the digital world. A lot of interaction with each other and with the digital world will come from what you could call "digital companions," that will help us work through things."

And those things will increase exponentially according to Kailia Colbin in her Online Spin columns on the revolutions coming with Exponential Technologies. She offers three examples: "exponential improvements in low-cost gene sequencing, plus exponential improvements in machine learning and big data analysis, plus exponential improvements in Smartphone capabilities and penetration, equal a revolution in personalized medicine, the next iteration in 3D printing will be 1,000 times faster and exponential improvements in driverless car technology, plus the ability to push distribute to a significant customer base, equals a transportation revolution." She challenges readers to look for other examples of technologies accelerating and converging to create an exponential revolution.


new roads

"Publishing is not dead – it is just redefining itself." According to John Philpin's summary of research on what is termed, "the golden age of massive creativity." He writes, "Switching the power from a broadcast/blitz/blast communication style of the traditional media industry to a more considered, engaged, conversational style that embraces dialog that consumers prefer, is where publishers can drive value at the edges.

The Guardian newspaper is experimenting with a global homepage for its global readership visitors via its various web sites, according to Erik Sass in Media Daily News. He reports this does not necessarily mean a global edition will follow, quoting the publishers' director of digital strategy, "...we are also quite skeptical of the idea that there even is such a thing as a global news agenda or a global public sphere." . . . .Jeremy Clarkson is said to be developing a new auto show, according to AutoWeek. But it will not be on the sacked Top Gear luminary's old BBC outlet. . . . . Focus2Move offers "Daily Free Reports On 98 Car Markets." The reports help make known the company's role as, "a booming global player in the automotive consultancy service." It is headquartered in Rome, Italy.

"How To Find Role Models For A Human Pace Of Life" is a Sideswipes column in Media Daily News by Katie Meier, that points to a new road for living in a high-speed world: "Long-term thinking is simply a way to consider what we gain from short-horizon perspectives." . . . .'s first exposure to arrived recently. "It's a search engine for performance automotive parts. Just like booking your airfare online, you can search for a part and find where to buy at the lowest cost." . . . .Fireball Tim has launched, FireballMalibuVlog on YouTube. He describes it as, "a daily chronicle of Malibu Beach Life with the hysterical Fireball Tim...CARS, MOVIES, MALIBU, EVERY DAY."

Davis Divan - Jay Lenos Garage

The Petersen Museum has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund restoration of a three-wheeled Davis Divan and hopes to drive awareness to this car's unique history. The ultimate goal is to have the Davis fully restored to near-new condition by the museum's grand reopening in December 2015. The car will receive a prominent position in the "Innovation" section of The New Petersen, on the second floor. This crowdfunding goal is the $30,000 necessary to restore the Davis Divan. For good look at the car check out Jay Leno's Garage.


passing scene

How Millennials Get News

Media Post's Center for Media Research reports, "a new study that looks closely at how people learn about the world on different devices and platforms finds that this newest generation of American adults is anything but 'newsless,' passive, or civically uninterested." A collaboration of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, the Media Insight Project found, "Virtually all Millennials regularly consume a mix of hard news, lifestyle news, and practical 'news you can use'." For more findings, check the Center site for America's First Digital Generation.

Unused content, say film not used in the final version of a TV commercial, has value to all parties involved and new contracts between its producer and client are starting to reflect this, according to Eric J. Harrison writing about the Shifting Paradigm In Media Contracts for Media Daily News. . . . . Google is now charging consumers from $2.00 to $10.00 per month to not receive 5% to 50% of the ads on participating publisher sites. Assuming Google shares some of that revenue with the publisher is it an incentive to produce bad ads people will willingly pay not to see? . . . . Katy Bachman's gleanings from a conference on ad law and public policy reported in The Daily Examiner, April 1, included predictions that disclaimers will disappear from ads, "Technology and algorithms will replace the type of data that used to exist." And computer generated images will reduce the need (and expense) of live demos which will not be challenged as fake by ad watchdogs if what it represents is factually true.

Facebook testing spherical videos.

"Facebook is testing 'spherical videos' for its newsfeed which create a fully immersive 360-degree video experience for users that is similar to 3D games," Erik Sass reports in Media Post's 2015 Outfront Forum. He cites Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as his source. Sass writes, "Users who choose to immerse themselves can manipulate the view in the interactive videos by panning around with their mouse button. . . . "The repeat of John Miller's column from a year ago in Content Marketing Insider: Corporate Storytelling: Coming To Your Emotional Rescue reminds content marketers of the value of journalists: a good story stirs emotions, action, recall and re-telling. Miller says: "Truth: Logic rarely spurs action...A courageous content strategy needs to focus on developing emotional stories."


pit notes

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

Brett Berk's Maxim review of the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo provides a good look at the vehicle being prepped for LeMans that disrupts, "everybody's image of what makes a fast car" according to designer Ben Bowlby. . . . Keith Griffin reports in the Hartford, Conn. police department is one of a number across the nation offering buyers and sellers of cars on Craigslist a safe way to make the exchange by allowing them to use department parking lots to complete the transaction.

Riding in driverless cars could increase the frequency of kinetosis, commonly known as "motion sickness," according to Pete Suciu's TechNewsWorld report of a University of Michigan study measuring the increased likelihood of the fairly common phenomenon on riders in an autonomous car. Drivers, not so different, passengers, yes. . . . . Suciu also reports for the same publication that Ford has introduced in Europe a new device that gradually reduces a car's speed to the posted speed limit. No jarring adjustments and it can be overridden manually by the driver, if necessary.

Design your own Viper

Larry Edsall, writing for the Detroit News, describes a rather unique opportunity to have the factory build a car you design –as long as it is a Dodge Viper and you are able to choose between "25 million build combinations, including 8,000 exterior paint color options, 24,000 custom stripe colors, 16 interior trims, 11 wheel options, seven aero packages, four suspension options and three brake packages."  . . . With vacation near and a flood of young drivers with time on their hands and their hands on the wheel of a car, Jeremy Laukkonen offers some valuable Car Safety Tech for Teen Drivers in About.Com's About Autos. . . . Nick Bilton explains in the NY Times why he keeps the keys to his keyless entry vehicle in his refrigerator's freezer to foil a very common inexpensive device that could otherwise enable thieve to quickly open his car's doors. . . . . If you think you know your cars, try one of Jerry Frumkin's quizzes at Vintage Ad.


awards and events


The Justice Brothers-Shav Glick award was presented to race car driving champion and motorsports announced Tommy Kendall. Named in honor of the late, greatly admired Los Angeles Times sports writer, Shav Glick, it has been presented annually since 2000 by Justice Brothers to an individual who has made significant contributions to motorsports in California.

Mercedes Benz C Class

Mercedes-Benz C Class Sedan won Car of the Year honors in judging by 75 international automotive journalists of some 24 finalists in the annual selections announced by the New York Show. The brand's S Coupe won the world title in the luxury class and its AMG won the performance car class. BMW's 18 electric vehicle won the green car title and a Citroen C4 Cactus took the design class. . . . . Kelley Blue Book's 2015 online tracking study of brand and model perception by some 12,00- in-market new-vehicle shoppers put Subaru as The Most Trusted Brand while Honda captured Best Overall Brand and Most Trusted Brand. Ford's F-Series brought the company its sixth award in the seven years the study has been conducted.


Sales and Marketing executives from Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai and RPA are slated to speak at the Automotive News Marketing Seminar at the Westin Hotel in Los Angles May 12. . . . Media registration is now open for the 2015 AAPEX and SEMA Show in Las Vegas. . . . Plans for Second Annual SEMA Ignited event confirmed for Friday, Nov. 6 at the close of the SEMA Show.

"Competition Rules" is the theme of the 50th Anniversary CARS Management Seminars in Traverse City, Mich. August 3- 6. Registration is open. . . . . Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 SEMA Battle of the Builders to be held at the 2015 SEMA Show, November 3-6. The 2015 SEMA Battle of the Builders is open to builders with a display, feature or booth vehicle at the 2015 SEMA Show. Builders with vehicles from all market segments, including trucks, hot rods, street rods, off-road, motorsports, sport compacts, luxury exotics and the like, are encouraged to enter.


regional news


Members of NEMPA voted for the WheelsTV Previously Owned Vehicle of The Year award April 29. The production company presents the award annually during the NEMPA Awards Banquet in May. To qualify for POV of the Year, a vehicle must be in service for at least two years and demonstrate outstanding long-term reliability and exceptional consumer satisfaction.


The daylong IMPA Spring Brake is May 12 at Bear Mountain State Park. The format is simple: Breakfast sponsored by Ford at Start driving manufacturer-supplied cars at 9: a.m. Lunch at Noon and resume driving until 4 p.m. More details here.


Moving from a traditional Sunday Concours to a Saturday event concluded with a concert by Three Dog Night added, "tremendous excitement" for this year's Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance Vintage Car Showcase, according to Jay Howard, president of the annual display and judging, which in a creative move, invites high-school-age enthusiasts to work alongside experts judging the cars displayed.
1919 bright purple Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer won "Best of Show" at Pinehurst

This 1919 bright purple Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer won "Best of Show" at Pinehurst.

The Haartz Corporation, the world's leading supplier of convertible topping material, became the title sponsor for SAMA's annual Topless in Miami convertible competition. The fifth annual rendition of the event, now to be known as "SAMA Topless in Miami Presented by Haartz," will be June 4 at the Ritz Carlton Resort in Key Biscayne, Florida. Visit the websites or for more information.


MAMA members and guests will have two days for its riding and driving Spring Rally at Road America May 12 and 13. Scheduled are scenic routs, an autocross, track time, and evaluating contenders in the association's annual Family Car of The Year award.  . . .The winning vehicle in the 2015 Shell Eco-marathon posted the equivalent of 3,421 mpg. The car built by University of Toronto Supermileage Team 2 topped-100 high school and college teams competing to make the most fuel-efficient lap around a .09-mile course on Detroit streets in a single-seater car they designed and built themselves.

UT3 car built by Univeristy of Toronto, Canada team

(Rex Larsen/AP Images for Shell)

Lunch and tour of the giant Uniroyal tire beside the highway into Detroit from the Metro airport is open to the first 70 APA members to RSVP for the May 20 celebration of the massive tire's 50th Anniversary. For more info, go here.


Tiny McPherson College in central Kansas gained valuable awareness for its four-year Automotive Restoration bachelor degree program (the only one in the U.S.) by inviting Jean Jennings as their weekend guest and speaker for its May 1 "Evening with Automotive Restoration" dinner and "Classic Car Drive-In." Jennings, former Automobile editor, is one of the best-known auto writers, male or female, in the U.S. These days she shepherds her web site, Jean Knows Cars, and is a regular contributor on car topics to network news shows.


Worl of Speed Museum photo by Gregor Halenda

Gregor Halenda's photos in Autoweek pretty well document writer Mark Vaughn's appraisal of the newly opened World of Speed in Wilsonville, Ore. – "This ain't no ordinary museum." See and read for yourself here.


MPG's "Droptops & Dirt" spring rally May 27 promises a "great variety of the latest SUVs and convertibles, challenging off-road trails, scenic drive loops and a tansy lunch for $65 per person at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. It is open to all MPG members and guests but only journalists and analysts can do the driving. Register  here.

Registration is now open for the 2nd annual Highway-Earth Car Show in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 28th. For details and to register go to: 

If you can't make it to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum near San Francisco, its executive director, Tim McGrane, says crews from the "Car Crazy" and "Chasing Classic Cars" TV shows are booked to shoot at the museum and cover its First Sunday ‘Cars and Coffee' gathering of car buffs. No air times have been announced.


road signs

TEN, The Enthusiast Network, is moving aggressively to become "the Netflix for Motorheads," with its acquisition of Torque TV, as TEN CEO Scott Dickey was quoted by Erik Sass in Media Daily News. Good news for the company following analysts' dire predictions for its print business. TEN's new-over-the-top video platform is scheduled to launch this summer and will offer more than 1,000 hours of live and taped programming drawn from Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Automobile, Super Street and Four-Wheeler, Sass reports.

Audi equipped with Delphi self-driving car system

Earlier this month automotive suppler Delphi installed its self-driving car system in an Audi and sent it across the country. "The news here isn't that this was possible, but that it was so easy," Alex Davies penned for Wired in his coverage of the trip: This Is Big: A Robo-Car Just Crossed The Country. Davies elaborates that many other companies could have done the same thing now but the feat is amazing because it "underscores the great leaps this technology has taken in recent years, and just how close it is to becoming a part of our lives.". . . . In Europe, Google is rolling out "more than $164 million to nurture, support and fund digital journalism and news organizations," Laurie Sullivan reports in Search Marketing Daily. It has formed partnerships with two newspapers in the U.K., two in Germany, one each in France, Spain and the Netherlands and NRC. However, a Google executive is quoted as saying the company has no plans to get in the news creation business.

Even though Autotrader's own research shows "17 out of 4002 consumers only remotely enjoy the dealership experience," its CEO says auto sales people and personal contact are not going away, Karl Greenberg reports in Marketing Daily. He quotes Autotrader CEO Jared Rowe as saying its research revealed 84% of all consumers want to buy a car in person and 43% go to the dealership to learn, not just close the deal. He likens the future auto dealership visit to interacting at an Apple Store's Genius Desk. Other interesting data Rowe revealed is that price is not always the determining factor for consumers. They often will pay more and drive away happy if the process is to their liking.

If you want to know how all the recalls in the past year or so have affect car buyers, a piece by Greenberg in the same publication is headlined, Recalls Affect Perception, But No Profound Effect On Consideration. Studies documenting that finding also reveal domestic brands suffer a greater negative impact than the imports, mainly because their recalls are in the U.S. news more often. Or, maybe because we don't like to see America lose.

Stanford Aluminum Battery

Quinten Plummer reports in TechNewsWorld, "Stanford University researchers on Tuesday revealed they had stumbled onto a breakthrough that could lead to the adoption of fast-charging, long-lasting batteries in the near future." Graphene is used in an aluminum-icon battery but it will be years (five or more) before it make its to car batteries. . . . Steve Smith, asks an obvious question in his Media Post Data and Targeting Insider piece: Wrong Moment, Wrong Place: Is Apple Watch A Driving Hazard? In it he substantiates his concern with a quote from a National Safety Council release: "Drivers wearing smart watches can call, text, email and surf the Web, but the watch also vibrates when it receives a notification. That vibration could be very difficult to ignore; a natural impulse will be to look at our wrist. This could take a driver's eyes off the road and mind off the drive -- a recipe for disaster."

The Detroit Bureau reports Audi is testing Audi on Demand in San Francisco. It is an app downloaded from iTunes that allows the user to peruse the models available and arrange for a rental and delivery or pickup with a few credit card swipes on an iPhone. . . .Online publisher is divesting itself of its portfolio of automotive domain names because it is "moving out of the automotive niche." Most familiar perhaps for its, Biker Hotline and LandSpeedRacing, Lawford has a long list of domain names available starting at $1500.00. Email Maryann Lawford or call her at 208-362-1010.


across the finish line

Art Spinella – Belated notice of the February passing oft-quoted veteran auto industry newsman, speech writer, PR man and since 1992, co-founder of CNW Research, an auto consumer behavior analysis firm.


lane changes

Long-time autowriter Chambers Williams has been named assistant business editor at the Knoxville News Sentinel but confirms that he will continue to do auto reviews for the San Antonio Express­News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram and can be reached by email in whatever state he is in at: . . . . Gary Grant is publisher of the new site reported last month, "Driven - Canada's Automotive Authority." Andrew Ling and Chris Chase are contributing authors. . . .Automotive News has added three new staffers: Neal Boudette, a former chief of the Wall Street Journal's Detroit bureau, joins in Detroit as an enterprise reporter; David Undercoffler, most recently with the Los Angeles Times, joins the paper's Los Angeles office where he will be point man for the paper's Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co., True Car, Inc. and Edmunds Inc. coverage and Heather Row moves from Wards Auto research to the Automotive News Data Research Center as a senior data researcher in Detroit. . . . Ricky Beggs, who has delivered 488 Beggs On The Used Car Market video blogs since he began them for The Black Book in 2008, will retire this month as vice president and editorial director of the acclaimed pricing guide, Arlena Sawyers of Automotive News reports. . . . .The email published for Trent Riddle in last month's Lane Changes was wrong the correct email for the Diesel World technical road test editor is:


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May 2015
11-13 MAMA| Spring Rally, Elkhart Lake, WI
15-17 Austin Auto Show| Austin, TX
20 APA| Giant UNIROYAL Tire - 50th Anniversary Celebration Lunch, Allen Park, MI
21 NEMPA/MIT| Technology Conf. and Annual Awards Dinner, Cambridge, MA
27 MPG| MPG Droptops and Dirt, TBD
28 SAMA| Luncheon, TBA, Fiat 500x
June 2015
3-4 TU-Automotive Detroit| Connected Car & Innovation Conf., Novi, MI
17 APA| J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) at the DAC, Detroit, MI
22-25 SAE| 2015 Noise and Vibration and exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI
August 2015
3-6 CAR| Management Briefing Seminars, Traverse City, MI
15 Woodward Dream Cruise| Ferndale-to-Pontiac, MI
September 2015
15-16 Frankfurt Motor Show Press Days| Frankfurt, GERMANY
17-27 Frankfurt Motor Show Public Days| Frankfurt, GERMANY
October 2015
7 APA/NADA| DAC, Detroit, MI
7 MAMA| Fall Rally, Joliet, IL
27 APA| Consumer Reports at the DAC, Detroit, MI
28-29 Tokyo Motor Show Press Days| Tokyo, JAPAN
30 Tokyo Motor Show Public Days| Tokyo, JAPAN
November 2015
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Beasley "Fried"

My friends and automotive media colleagues...
It gives me a great pleasure to advise you that the incredibly talented Pepe Forte is publishing my venerable Let's Talk Cars column on his very informative iFriedEgg website. Links to two of my columns on his website are posted below with his advisory email.

Ah me! It is nice to be fried by Pepe!

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Ron Beasley

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My fried friend, there you have two more fried eggs... and there's still pending two more (definitely we are in our way to the omelette...):

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Wrong Publication, again

I just read Mr. Griffin's article on Certified Pre-owned cars and wish I had seen it in August 2013. It might have saved me a big headache.

In August 2013 I purchased one of these cars, a 2012 Ford Focus Hatchback. I was told it belonged to an elderly couple who traded it in for a larger car. This sounded logical to me since it only had 8093 miles on it. I was told the warranties were still in place, in fact better than when it was new so I really felt lucky. Not for long.

After about six months I went to my car to go to work and the battery was totally dead. To cut a long story short this kept happening and to date this car has had four batteries.

I contacted the previous owner a young woman in her late 30's and she sent me copies of all the times she had taken it in for the very same reason, she even had a AAA battery put in six months after she bought it. She finally traded it in for a truck. I went to arbitration with the BBB and they found in my favor so Ford has to buy back my car...Lemon Law. Upon reviewing all my paperwork I found that the dealership had added an extended warranty for almost $2000 and it's not even a Ford warranty. I never buy extended warranties for anything. I am now in the process of trying to get that canceled and have my money returned since I never used it.

As soon as I get my money from Ford I will buy a new car. I would be happy if you could give me advice on that. I feel I am at a disadvantage being a female of 79 years. Thank you for allowing me to rave on.

Jean Schoonover



Car spy photographer and artist, Brenda Priddy, along with Earthbound Expeditions, is once again offering a "car guys" tour to Cuba for automotive enthusiasts and history buffs from Oct. 10 to 18. Start and return is Miami and no media visa is required.

Brenda Priddy hosting "car guys" tour to Cuba for automotive enthusiasts.

Priddy notes the tour is an opportunity to get a jump on the flood of tourists expected in Cuba once the U.S. government permits U.S citizens to vacation there. In the meantime, this "people-to-people tour" is licensed by the Feds. Participants will explore Cuba's classic car culture, as well as its architecture, history, art and more. For more details check: Classic Cars of Cuba with Brenda Priddy. Call her at: 480-861-3456, or e-mail her:

Michael Lamm has reprinted A Century of Automotive Style. This is a limited edition – only 500 copies - of the original hardcover book. It has a few corrections, but it's essentially the same as its two predecessors, one hardcover and one soft.

Book cover: A Century of Automotive Style by Michael Lamm & Dave Holls

Here are the basics: 308 pages, 900+ photos and illustrations, 9x12-inch format, glossy stock; full design histories of major American automakers, ditto coachbuilders, personality profiles of significant designers and design managers plus, of course, a very readable account of the science and art of domestic automobile design,1896 to 1996.

The book has received generous praise and warm reviews over the years from such notables as Automobile Quarterly's Scott Bailey, Automobile Magazine's David E. Davis Jr. and Robert Cumberford, Ford's Jack Telnack, Chrysler's Tom Gale, GM's Chuck Jordan as well as Scientific American and The New Yorker. In 1997, "Style" also won the Society of Automotive Historians' prestigious Cugnot Award.

A Century of Automotive Style is currently available through and Price is $69.95.

"The industry's most valuable business development, game changing announcements and crucial insights into the future of auto-mobility" are promised at TU-Automotive Detroit 2015 (3-4 June, Novi) – previously known as Telematics Detroit.

David Bull Publishing is marking its 20th year anniversary milestone with special discounts on some of its favorite books -- starting with two classic photographic histories of sports-car racing in the 1970s and 1980s. Until the end of May Spyders & Silhouettes and Monocoques & Ground Effects for just $89.95 -- a 40% discount off the regular price of $149.95. That's each, we conclude from searching his web site.

Pieces of Silver, a World War II-based adventure novel intertwining Mercedes and Auto Union Silver Arrow Race Cars with the Nazi's drive to dominate the world in all things German, including these cars, is now available as an Ebook.

It was introduced last autumn as a large format soft-cover book, and met with critical acclaim from the motoring press for its fast-paced "crackling action" according to its author, former auto racer Mike Breslin.

Pieces of Silver is available as an eBook for Kindle and other devices and as a large-format paperback (420 pages) from Amazon. Pieces of Silver is published by Pie Shop Publishing.


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Ballston Spa, NY

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Chicago, IL

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Motor Press Guild
Los Angeles, CA

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Boston, MA

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Portland, OR

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Phoenix Automotive Press Association
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Miami FL

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Southeast Automotive Media Organization
Charlotte, NC

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quotes to note

BuzzFeed Pulls Post Critical of Advertiser

"... the righteous callout by Arabelle Sicardi of Unilever / Dove hypocrisy for patronizing women on the subject of "real beauty" while simultaneously selling them all sorts of crap falsely promising the unattainable fake beauty the campaign nominally scorns."

Who Doesn't
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Garfield At Large, Media Post

"It's not that we control NewsFeed, you control NewsFeed…" Facebook: please stop with this."

"Facebook is not, and knows quite well it is not, a neutral machine passing on news. Its algorithm chooses what people see, it has ‘community standards' that material must meet and it has to operate within the laws of many countries."

Jay Rosen's Press Think, 4.21.15

Digital Democracy? More Like Digital Dictatorship

"So what's the problem? It's the same problem we always get when too much power is concentrated in too few hands. We lose the robustness, perspective, diversity and choice that come from a vibrantly competitive ecosystem."

Kaila Colbin – Online Spin

LeMons Denver Race Promo

"this movement toward an open, forthright, and thoughtful dialogue regarding the paternalist, anti-commensuralist dynamic now endemic to motorsport is aught but an unsavory memory. Dagnabbit."

John "Jay" Lamm Email

Sturm und Drang At VW.

"The Storm and Stress for VW in this market is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, too, because Piech or no, they've got their heads so far up their collective asses that clarity and rational thought are in painfully short supply."

AutoExtremist Rant 4.20.15

The Cut-Down Generation - Or Why We're Going Multisensory

"Meaning (both discovering it and making it) has to happen quickly in a cut-down society. Yet the paradox is at the rate of a cut-down, it's hard to find moments long enough to gain anything meaningful from."

Katie Meier, Sideswipes, Media Daily News

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